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Author Kathy Stinson: The Reader I Was, The Writer I Am


Thu Nov 11, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
75 mins

Kathy Stinson has loved reading since before she started school. She sorted mail, taught elementary school, and worked as a waitress before it occurred to her that she might like writing too. An argument with her then 3-year-old daughter soon led to the writing of her first book, Red Is Best, which quickly became a classic.

Kathy has since written a wide range of juvenile, young adult, and adult fiction, non-fiction titles, and more picture books, including The Man with the Violin, winner of the prestigious TD Children's Literature Award.

She has enjoyed the privilege of meeting with readers and writers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She has also served as a freelance editor for a number of publishers and as Writer-in-Residence for several library systems in Ontario.

An avid amateur photographer and a volunteer reader and technician for the CNIB, Kathy is a mother, stepmother, and grandmother, currently living in Rockwood, Ontario with Peter Carver and their dog Georgia.

Join us for the 33rd Helen E. Stubbs Memorial Lecture presented by the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books.

Register in advance at the link below to get an email reminder, or tune in day-of. This program will be recorded and available for replay on CrowdCast from November 11 to 18, 2021.

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